Five random facts about me:
- I'm an ideas person and I love projects. One of my latest projects was turning a $10 garage sale bookshelf into a gem:
- My favorite sport is volleyball. Some of my favorite memories from my mid 20s include playing on a volleyball team with my dad and my sister.
- I love to laugh! I find that having a sense of humor about life makes so many things more enjoyable :)
- I love to learn. Wait, there's a new MOOC on coding? I'm in... Oooh, watching countless YouTube videos on different sewing techniques? Done... Did you say there's a new Twitter chat for teachers? Just tell me when and where... Learning new things is energizing for me. It renews my passion and excitement for teaching, and so I am always striving to learn, collaborate, and share!
- I teach adult ELL classes two evenings a week, and love it. The students are incredible, the other teachers I work with are great, and teaching adults is really fun!
Four things on my bucket list:
- Going on a sea kayaking trip around Baja California, Mexico.
This picture is from a kayaking trip my husband and I took on Lake Superior.
- Design, code, and publish an app.
- Travel to all 7 continents (they let tourists travel to Antarctica, right?!).
- Enter a piece of artwork into the MN State Fair (photo? sewing project? something!).
Three things I hope for this year:
- More opportunities for students and teachers to learn and try coding.
- We (my school) will continue to innovate and integrate through our STEM content, coming up with new, exciting, and authentic learning opportunities for students.
- Finding more of a balance between work and home.
Two things that made me laugh or cry as an educator:
- Laugh: hanging out with kindergartners on their first day of school. And I quote, "I'm 5 years old," "I lost a tooth," "She rides my bus," "My shoes have lights on them," "My dog's name is Scruffy," "My favorite animal is a cheetah," "I'm hungry now,"....... all in the span of 2 minutes. All I could do was laugh! Their excitement and curiosity are inspiring, and I'm looking forward to my next visit to kindergarten.
- Cry: seeing how sad some kids are on the last day of school. We always line up to wave goodbye to all of the buses on the last day, and I always feel a bit choked up thinking about the kids who would rather stay in school all year.
One thing I wish people knew about me:
- I think I come up with my best ideas when walking. Want to brainstorm? Let's walk and talk! (I think it has something about increased amounts of oxygen and a change of scenery...?)